We have to be on good
terms with Russia, but the solution for
Serbia is within the EU. It is necessary
to reach a compromise on Kosovo, and to
start negotiations on the future of
Bosnia and Hercegovina, which is an
artificial state. As any other Serb,
sometimes I am proud and stubborn. I eat
too much bread and meat, I like sarma
I am very sad about
Kosovo and deeply preoccupied about our
people’s security in Kosovo and the
future of our religious shrines. I would
hope there will be a compromise very
soon that is acceptable to everyone. I
do not want Kosovo to be used by foreign
powers as an issue of contention, nor
for it to be used for self interest in a
dangerous game of international joisting
to gain points at the cost of our
country and the Serbian people. I am
impressed with the absolute unity of our
state bodies when it comes to Kosovo and
Metohija. Negotiations must continue –
says in an interview for New Year’s
edition of “Alo!”, Crown Prince
Alexander II Karadjordjevic.
The Crown Prince points
out that, “however distasteful the
outcome is, our people cannot punish
themselves into a difficult future”.
- More can be done to
help all our people by creating a sound
future for Serbia and even beyond its
current borders. By beyond, I mean very
serious talks as soon as possible about
Bosnia and Herzegovina which is, let’s
face it, an artificial state.
More and more politicians
claim that, being in the situation we
are in, we must turn our backs to the EU
and the West and seek closer ties to
- We must have good
relations with everyone and, of course,
excellent ones with Russia, but our
destiny will be a contributing active
member of the European Union and not as
a satellite or a pawn of a foreign
power. You should take note that some of
our neighbours are already members of
the European Union, and there is no
doubt that other neighbours will become
members sooner or later. Do our citizens
really want to live in a country that is
isolated like an island? Unless we make
a real effort in joining the European
Union like everyone else is doing, as an
isolated island our economic position
and livelihood would be greatly
diminished and the future prosperity of
our citizens would be at risk and very
tough. I suggest that our citizens make
the choice for the EU and think
rationally for the current generation
and future generations of Serbia. Go for
the European Union and Serbia will do
The title, that is for
now only honorary, is used by you and
your wife for numerous humanitarian
- We are very satisfied
with the results of my wife’s
Humanitarian Foundation, and of my
Foundation for Culture and Education,
but there is always a possibility to do
much, much more. We are proud that we
are helping all people regardless of
religion or ethnic origin. I must
emphasize that I am particularly
impressed with my wife’s hard charitable
work. We are only two people and the
people in our charities, and we hope to
Which event in 2007 will
you particularly remember?
- How can we forget
Kosovo and Metohija which is very much
in my mind? My wife and I have been to
Kosovo numerous times and to our
enclaves, we will always remember the
scenes of the terrible living conditions
and difficult situation. Those images
from Kosovo I can not forget.
How and where will you
spend the upcoming holidays?
- My wife and I went to
Greece for Christmas (25 December) to
join her family. For our Christmas, we
will be in our Belgrade home, and Philip
will be joining us, while Peter will be
this year with his mother in Spain, and
Alexander in California.
What would you like to
find under your Christmas tree?
- It would be a very nice
gift to receive the act of the
Constitutional Assembly of the Serbian
Constitutional Parliamentary Monarchy.
Which Serbian specialties
are essential on your New Year’s dinner?
- I have always liked
sarma (stuffed cabbage rolls)
and cevapi (grilled rolls of
minced meat), and a nice red wine
is always welcome.
What do you bring from
Serbia as a gift when you visit Crown
Princess Katherine’s family in Athens?s?
- There are always nice
handmade things made by our refugees,
and my wife selects at the Bazaars many
items as presents.
What characteristics have
your sons inherited from you?
- They are dedicated to
whatever they do. They are committed.
They know things do not fall out of the
sky, but that they have to work hard for
whatever it is that they want.
In what way is Prince
Peter prepared to inherit your position?
- Peter is a very fine
young man and I am very proud of his
capability to get on with
his work and business earning his
living. He relates very well with people and
is full of charm. He will do well.
Are you in touch with
your former wife and the mother of the
Princes, Maria da Gloria?
- Yes, I am in touch with
Princess Maria da Gloria. She came with
her husband and daughters for my
birthday two years ago. My wife and I
believe in maintaining friendship. This
is also in the best interest for my sons
How do your sons spend
their free time in Belgrade?
- The boys like Belgrade
very much and our young people. They
went to “Exit” and other concerts. They
brought their friends to “Exit”, who
liked Serbia very much. They like
Dedinje (part of Belgrade) during their
holidays and enjoy swimming and tennis
very much. They have many friends here
Is there any
characteristic you may have that is not
exactly preferred in your family?
- You should ask them
Who takes care of your
styling? Do you ask your wife for an
- I am my own boss, but I
have always been respectful to others’
opinions. My wife is full of ideas and
is very energetic. We both believe in
discussing things, listening to people
and we readily admit our mistakes. We
learn something new every day and have
much to see.
characteristics have you inherited?
-The following are common
here and there: I am stubborn and proud.
I eat too much bread and meat.
Which famous historical
figure would you like to get to know,
- My ancestor Karadjordje
(Karageorge) is fascinating to me and
also my hero, because he created modern
Serbia during very difficult times, but
I also would have liked to have met my
great grandfather King Peter I who was a
If you could switch
identity with someone for a day, who
would it be?
- No switch, I am very
happy with who I am. I am sad for those
who are insecure, who have little no
self esteem and are not happy with
Correcting the injustice
I would like everyone to know that what
happened in 1945 was illegal and was a
drastic violation, not only of human
rights but also of international values.
My father, King Peter II, was head of
our state at the time. He never
abdicated and I was born during the time
of the Kingdom. There was no referendum,
just dictatorial actions of
opportunists, who were very violent.
When my father died in 1970, I
automatically became King, but I opted
for a more modest interim title of Crown
Prince, without losing the rights that
belong to me. I have full right to use
my title that I am proud of, just as I
am proud of Serbia. I will be even more
satisfied when, one day, the injustice
is corrected with what is just. I
respect all our politicians, but I
emphasize that they will do better in
every way, in a democratic,
Constitutional Parliamentary Monarchy.
New Year’s Greetings
To our citizens, regardless of religion
or ethnic origin, I wish peace, good
health, success, progress, new jobs and
a brighter future. To my family I wish
good health, happiness, and success.
I will bring my father
back to Serbia
- My parents had a very
rough time after the war and my father
was very homesick. He was always hoping
to go back home and show me where he
lived when he was a boy. I remember my
parents being kind to me even though
life was not easy for them. I intend to
transfer to Oplenac, our family
mausoleum, the remains of my father King
Peter II, my mother Queen Alexandra, and
my grandmother Queen Maria.
Awaiting the Princesses
What do Princes Peter,
Philip and Alexander do?
- Peter runs an
international graphic design business
using computer technologies. Philip
completed recently a financial training
course and is working on another degree
in business. Alexander has one more year
to go before he gets his masters degree
in fine art advertising; he is also
obtaining job experience.
Serbia be getting a new Princess soon?
We are referring to the possible wedding
of one of the Princes.
- No news yet.